Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Optimum Health Report #307

In This Edition:

Electric Shock Therapy

Did you know that the very barbaric Electric Shock Therapy is still very much in use and even legal?

Why, even the hospital down the street from us prescribes it openly, and creates grand mal seizures in its victims and rakes in the dough for doing so….
Find me a psychiatrist that would allow it to be done to himself or his loved ones and I’ll buy you lunch.

Most of the people who are its victims have real illnesses which don’t require burning up their nerves with high voltage current. But only if someone is interested in them enough to look.

For some very grim data on this please follow this link.

Hippocrates wrote the oath that all doctors ascribe to and it says, “above all do no harm.” Prescribing ECT has turned some docs into hypocrites and liars. This is an ongoing tragedy and must be stopped.

Have a great week.
Dr David I Minkoff MD

Ask Dr. Springer

If you would like to ask Dr. Springer a question, please send it in an email to webmaster@bodyhealth.com and mark the subject line Dr. Springer.

This week’s question: “I have terrible eczema all over my hands and my scalp. Do you have a protocol that might help me?”

LifeWorks Success Stories

“Dr. Minkoff,
Just wanted you to know I am feeling fabulous and I am so thankful to you and your incredible staff!! ?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”
-Dana. S.


“I am slowly coming back to life. I no longer feel as dizzy or flu like. When I do, it doesn’t last as long. I have noticed many small changes. My hair isn’t falling out as bad, my knees aren’t as creaky or water filled, joint and muscle pain is faint and rare. After three years, I can wear my wedding rings again. The yeast or issue under the ring is healing.
I am so thankful for the staff. They have all been a blessing to me. The understanding, care and devotion is overwhelming. It has been a pleasure to be here, relax and concentrate on getting well. God Bless!”
Stacy. A.

My LifeWorks Success Story

In just 3 weeks I’ve experienced noticeable improvement. I’d done my due diligence, but still I’m amazed! The staff in the IV room manage to be fun, welcoming and ever pleasantly entertaining at times while still maintaining professionalism and running the department like a well-oiled machine.

So far LifeWorks Wellness Center and the IV room have exceeded my expectations. Looking forward to more progress.

Thank you!”
-Carolyn. W.

NAD: Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide – is it the next modern-day miracle molecule?

By Jennifer Baer, ARNP

One of the buzzes in the anti-aging industry is mitochondria. Much is known about these little guys that are partly responsible for health, well- being, vitality, and aging to name a few so they carry a lot of responsibility. A lot of action that takes place within them including processes that most of us take for granted or are not even aware of.

Each human cell contains several hundred mitochondria. We have more than ten million billion in our bodies which are responsible for 10% of our body weight. These organelles produce the ATP in the body, the fuel exchange our body needs to run efficiently. The ATP produced by the mitochondria are in higher demands in some parts of the body compared to others.

There are many complex biochemical processes that occur within the mitochondria and although not known really why, it is said that aging results from mitochondrial decay.

Many studies are being done on this molecule that are pointing in the direction of reversing mitochondrial decay, promoting health and promoting longevity. NAD cannot be absorbed from the diet, it must be made in the body. Every cell in our body needs it. Over 1000 biochemical pathways are supported by NAD.

Some of the processes are, increased ATP production, especially in the heart, it repairs altered DNA and regenerates damaged cells, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, immune support, stimulates the production of important neurotransmitters to name a few.

NAD has been looked at for NeuroDegenerative Conditions such as Parkinsons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Optic Neuritis, Periphereal Neuropathy, Ischemic Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, found that NAD protected against further nerve degeneration post-physical injury, or post-Chemotherapy injury.(1)

These same researchers looked at several precursors to NAD to determine which precursor would provide protection against neurodegeneration. Of all of the pathways involved, it was found that Nicotinamide Riboside(NR) was the only metabolite of the NAD pathway that worked(2). This is a supplement that is taken orally and is offered here at LifeWorks.

Research has proven positive in regards to optic neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve as well as ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Some of the most interesting news is the positive effects that were found with mitochondrial disorders which are often progressive and fatal. The study showed, after 16 weeks of treatment with NR, mice showed improved biochemistry in muscle fibers, increased mitochondrial mass, normal mitochondrial structure and increased ATP production!!! (3)

There is research proving benefit on obesity, diabetes as well as metabolic syndrome.

This supplement is proving to be of tremendous benefit in the alternative health industry.

One of the most amazing things about LifeWorks Wellness Center is our cutting edge diagnostics.

We have a test, the Bio-Energy test, which measures mitochondrial function. Not only this, we have a supplement that is one of the best on the market to promote NAD levels.

Ask at your next visit to our center.

  1. Akari T, Sasaki Y, Milbrandt J. Increased nuclear NAD biosynthesis and SIRT1 activation prevent axonal degeneration. Science 2004: 305:1010-1013.
  2. Sasaki Y, Araki T, Milbrandt J. Stimulation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide biosynthetic pathways delays axonal degeration after axotony. J Neurosci 2006:26:8484-8491.
  3. Khan N, AuranenM, Paetau, I, et al. Effective treatment of mitochondrial myopathy by nicotinamide riboside, a vitamin B3. EMBO mol Med 2014 April 6.

Frankenhauser Technique

This injection technique is mainly used for female disorders but it can also be used to treat men.

Frankenhauser technique is a type of neural therapy which focusses in on a bundle of nerves in the pelvic region known as the Frankenhauser ganglia. These nerves regulate the function of the sex organs which, when they are not functioning correctly, may lead to conditions such as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Low libido
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Adhesions from surgeries
  • Infertility
  • Lower back or hip pain

Read more about the Frankenhouser Technique


About Dr. David Minkoff, Medical Director

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr. Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr. Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr. Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy, and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr. Minkoff is one of the most in-demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best-selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teaches to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.